Being a monk meant liberating yourself from suffering by reaching a state of nonattachment or peace. And if he accepted his hunger as a pain that was not real, he would not feel it. Dhiman claimed some monks spent months in caves praying—or meditating, as he called it—without eating. And they survived. Yeshua wasn’t sure he believed him. If his body cried with hunger, how could his mind overcome it?
With no other choice, he pressed his tongue against his palate and centered on a full stomach after a sumptuous dinner of grilled tilapia. And within moments, the pangs of hunger dissipated.
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